So I got my pet scanned

No, Duke didn’t come with me.

Yesterday was PET scan day and a very exciting one at that. [Funny how excitement can take on so many forms.] It was pretty easy, really. I chugged a liter of raspberry flavored contrast [which tasted far better than my glucose tolerance test syrup from last fall], napped in a recliner until it was my turn, then moved myself to the scanner for my last half hour of nap.
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I was not expecting to hear anything back about it until next week. Fortunately, I had the awesome surprise of being able to do a brief review of the scan with a doctor just a few hours later. The results: It appears that the mass in my chest is the only one. What excellent news!

Unfortunately, it is noticeably larger, like just by sight, not even with measurement, than it was two weeks ago on the original CT scan of the area. I still find that part hard to believe.

Earlier in the week when Chris and I were running I told him that I could swear that it was harder to breathe and that I was sure that thing was growing. We both decided that I was letting it mess with my head and dismissed the idea that it could grow noticeably in such a short span. After all, I am notoriously bad at running in temperature over 60 degrees. Add in the Bob and a few hills and it was no wonder that I was struggling on my last few runs.

Based on today’s pictures, it seems like I was right about it being harder to breathe. The tumor is pushing on my trachea, compressing it to about half of its normal diameter in one place, some degree worse than when that was originally noted a few weeks ago. Pretty crazy stuff.

If I’m able to keep up with my running at all I am going to totally smoke Chris when my airway is back to normal!

As expected, I ended the day still not knowing what ‘it’ is. I can deal with that for now, especially since I now know that ‘it’ is alone.

Almost as important, I can hold Kai again.
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9 comments
  1. branny said:

    You have a great outlook. Thanks for the prompt update. Thinking of you.

  2. Lisa said:

    I hope it goes well when you meet with the surgeons. So glad you don’t have any masses anywhere else. At least it’s good to know what you’re dealing with. Kai is lovely!

  3. You’re being so strong and brave through all of this. So many prayers for you guys.

  4. Pauline Jelken said:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, BRITTANY, FOR KEEPING US POSTED. SO GLAD TO HEAR THAT THERE ARE NO OTHER LUMPS THROUGHOUT YOUR BODY!!!! YOU ARE SO BRAVE AND KAI IS SO PRECIOUS! PRAYERS ARE BEING SENT YOUR WAY.
    PAULINE JELKEN

  5. jillybean222 said:

    Still thinking of you and hoping for good news!

    My goodness, Kai is getting so big! Such a beautiful baby!!!

  6. So glad it is just one tumor – I’m no medical anything but I’m assuming that makes everything easier in the long run. It is crazy how quickly something like that can grow!

    Kai is adorable…and so happy to be back in mom’s arms!

  7. jen said:

    yay for being able to hold cutie pie Kai again! 🙂

    Glad you’re getting more tests/answers so you can finally get on the road to recovery – the waiting game is just painful sometimes. Take care!

  8. Brit, I am a Hodgkins survivor. I had a lump under my arm and in my thymus gland in my chest. That was 14 years and one baby ago. I’m 39 now. The most important thing is to stay diligent. It is tough going through test like pet scans and ct scans and worrying and everything that comes with medical issues. It is important to pursue the answer to this. But I know the not knowing is worse than finding out the results.

    Feel free to email me, wjuneau26@yahoo.com.

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